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Greif buys paperboard maker Caraustar


December 21, 2018
By PrintAction Staff

Supplier of industrial packaging products Greif will acquire Caraustar Industries, a recycled paperboard and packaging solutions company, for US$1.8 billion.

“Caraustar offers an exceptional strategic and cultural fit for Greif,” says Pete Watson, Greif President and CEO. “Its complementary paper packaging and recycled fibre operations will drive significant free cash flow growth, improve balance and profitability within the Greif portfolio.”

Caraustar produces uncoated recycled paperboard and coated recycled paperboard, with a variety of applications that include tubes and cores and a diverse mix of specialty products. Based in Austell, Ga., Caraustar’s footprint includes over 80 operating facilities throughout the United States. For the last 12 months ended September 30, 2018, Caraustar generated sales of $1.4 billion and EBITDA of $174 million.

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“We are excited about today’s announcement and what it means for Caraustar’s customers and employees,” says Mike Patton, Caraustar President and CEO.

The transaction is expected to close during the first quarter oF 2019.